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Worship Me. The spine-chilling, gut-wrenching debut demon horror novel from Craig Stewart!

Something is listening to the prayers of St. Paul’s United Church, but it’s not the god they asked for; it’s something much, much older.

A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when this ancient entity descends upon the house of worship and claims the congregation for its own. The terrified churchgoers must now prove their loyalty to their new god by giving it one of their children or in two days time it will return and destroy them all.

As fear rips the congregation apart, it becomes clear that if they’re to survive this untold horror, the faithful must become the faithless and enter into a battle against God itself. But as time runs out, they discover that true monsters come not from heaven or hell…
…they come from within.

Pretty deep, right? That’s the synopsis of ‘Worship Me’, the debut novel of Craig Stewart, and WHAT a debut it is!

The book delves deep into human morality and portrays traits and attitudes which I think are synonymous with the current climate we’re living in. Quarantine, lockdown and fear has brought out the worst in some people, showing human nature for what it potentially can be. Given that ‘Worship Me’ was released prior to the pandemic, Stewart has knowingly portrayed these traits in his characters which in itself is an applaudable feat.

As I’m sure you’ve worked out from the above synopsis, the book centres around demonology, with The Behemoth as the demonic antagonist. Whilst the congregation are faced with an agonising choice, it’s not long before they start to turn on each other. As the story progressed I just started to read faster and faster; desperate to know how it all panned out.

The book itself is written in a way that totally immerses the reader making you feel like you’re actually part of the congregation. It’s detailed, with well-written characters and a great storyline. Blood and gore flow profusely through the pages, with Stewart not afraid to describe the splatterfest in great detail.

The only aspect of the book I wasn’t fond of was the beginning. It took a while to get going, but once it did there was no stopping. This isn’t necessarily a criticism – after all, the best rollercoasters in the world start with a slow, tension-building ascent before you’re plunged into an abyss of fear, excitement and shock. ‘Worship Me’ does just that.

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Alternatively, if you want to read more about Craig Stewart and what he’s up to these days, check out his website here

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The Horror Writer
The Horror Writer

The Horror Writer: A Study of Craft and Identity in the Horror Genre. Coined as “The most definitive guide into the trials and tribulations of being a horror writer since Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’…” Wow, that’s one hell of a claim; one which I was eager to verify.

Compiled and edited by Joe Mynhardt, The Horror Writer was released by Hellbound Books and contains a myriad of essays, interviews and valuable insights by some of the best in the business. Ranging from Bram Stoker Award© winners, bestselling authors, a President of the Horror Writers’ Association and many other distinguished writers, this book can aid anyone wanting to improve their craft. The full list of contributors include;

  • Ramsey Campbell
  • John Palisano
  • Chad Lutzke
  • Lisa Morton
  • Kenneth W. Cain
  • Kevin J. Kennedy
  • Monique Snyman
  • Scott Nicholson
  • Lucy A. Snyder
  • Richard Thomas
  • Gene O’Neill
  • Jess Landry
  • Luke Walker
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Marie O’Regan
  • Armand Rosamilia
  • Kevin Lucia
  • Ben Eads
  • Kelli Owen
  • Jasper Bark
  • Bret McCormick

I’m sure you recognise a number of big names on that list, all of which bring their own valuable insights/advice to help aid a writer of all levels. The Horror Writer covers a wide variety of topics such as how to connect with your market and carve out a sustainable niche in the independent horror genre, as well as how to tackle the writer’s ever-lurking nemesis of productivity.

Make no mistake, this isn’t a book that you’re going to read from beginning to end in one sitting (I mean, you could if you were inclined), rather it will serve better as a writing companion. The helpful contents section at the beginning of the book allows you to jump to whichever topic you want clarification of, or would like to explore in more depth. Writing good horror stories with powerful, effectives scenes, realistic flowing dialogue and reliable characters without resorting to cliched jump scares/gimmicks – it’s all there! The book even covers the delicate subject of handling rejection with good grace, and how to use those inevitable “not quite right for us” letters as an opportunity to hone your craft.

I know you’re probably sold at this point and have already jumped to the link at the end of this article to go buy a copy, but wait… There’s more!

There are also a number of perceptive interviews to provide an intimate peek into the psyche of the horror author and the challenges they work through. The authors interviewed include:

  • Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • David Owain Hughes
  • Tim Waggoner
  • Mort Castle

And, as if that – and so much more – was not enough, the book also contains Ramsey Campbell’s beautifully insightful analysis of the tales of HP Lovecraft. What more could you want?

Make no mistake, regardless of your writing ability – whether you’ve never written a book but always considered it, or if you’ve penned over 20 novels – The Horror Writer can be a useful aid for everyone.

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